Amira Donahue, a hostess on the restaurant, advised WEHT that she noticed the incident get away on Saturday after a feminine buyer requested a cup of scorching water from “a server that wasn’t black” — a request which Donahue says the supervisor honored.
“[The customer] stood in the middle of the restaurant and started screaming at me in front of all of the customers,” Donahue advised WEHT, including that she believed the supervisor’s resolution to offer one other server was a “bad decision.”
Throughout the incident, Donahue added that the client started making feedback to a distinct worker about Donahue herself, saying she ought to “go work at a strip club” and referring to her as “the other one,” whereas additionally inquiring whether or not or not she was “black” or “from America.”
The server who was allegedly focused by the client was not recognized.
Olive Backyard has since confirmed an investigation into the incident. In a press release offered to Newsweek, the chain additionally confirmed the termination of the supervisor on responsibility.
“Now we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any type, and the supervisor concerned not works for our firm,” reads the assertion.
Donahue, in the meantime, advised WEHT that she’s nonetheless hurting after Saturday’s incident,
“I would never expect it to be so apparent in public like it’s 2020, not 1920 and I feel like it should take more than social media to get a problem like this out there,” Donahue stated.
WEHT additional reported that the Evansville NAACP is at present investigating the incident.
Spokespeople for Olive Backyard and the NAACP weren’t instantly accessible to remark.